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The Islamic Leviathan: Islam and the making of State Power.

Seyyed Vali Reza Nasr


Islamism is often associated with oppositional social movements. However, increasingly, Muslim states too have served as agents of Islamism. They have adopted Islamization strategies, and realigned state ideology and policy‐making to reflect Islamist ideals and to fulfill demands of Islamic ideology. They have done so not only as a reaction to Islamist challenges from below but also to harness the energies of Islamism to expand state power and capacity. By co‐opting Islamism, they have strengthened the postcolonial state. Pakistan during the Zia ul‐Haq period, and Malaysia under Mahathir Moham ... More

Keywords: Islamic ideology, Islamic state, Islamism, Islamization, Malaysia, Mahathir Mohammed, Pakistan, postcolonial state, state capacity, Zia ul‐Haq

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780195144260
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195144260.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Seyyed Vali Reza Nasr, author
University of San Diego

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